Friday, February 27, 2009

Repotting a Giant Orchid

This week the Horticulture staff is working on repotting our largest orchid, an Angraecum eburneum. This is an orchid from our collection of almost 1200 orchids. We like to use fresh mix in the orchids every two years. The Angraecum eburneum has been in this pot and soil mix for at least five years. We are concerned the soil mix will start rotting. This is a specimen orchid and we do not want to divide it. The concern we have is lifting this heavy plant without damaging it. We came up with the idea to use the lift that we use to move our soil bags. This has been a very exciting repotting experience.